New Pictures Showing Early and Later Progress in ATT Phase E Construction

Check our ATT Construction link below (and on the left sidebar under PHOTOS) to see recent shots showing construction progress. Asphalt has been laid on sections both South and North of Scott-King Road and in mid-December asphalt was laid in the new section north of Massey-Chapel Road. The trailhead parking area on Fayetteville Road was re-opened for public use at the end of February. By the end of March the six foot wide granite screenings portion south of Scott-King was seeing lots of use by runners and some equestrians and all of the green access gates and chain link fencing were complete from Massey-Chapel Road to the Chatham County line. The work to correct the height of the bridge supports on the north side of I-40 (by reducing it's height by 2.5') was completed in mid-April. The bridge arc was set in place across I-40 on April 27-28. Most recently, images of work on the short section along Massey-Chapel Road from August through November have been added. http://www.triangletrails.org/gallery/att

Rails to Trails: The Time is Now

Utilizing railroads for mass transit systems may become necessary in the next century. Why not preserve the existing railroad corridors and avoid condemnation of private land for government projects? Once preserved, why not use these relatively flat, straight corridors for alternate transportation through bicycle commuting and recreational trails? These are not unique or radical ideas. Rail-trails efforts are active and successful throughout the country. Currently, the TRTC is actively seeking volunteers and contributions. If you would like to help, or you want to know more, please join us today by completing a membership form or joining us in workdays with Friends of the ATT.

This view of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) shows folks enjoying an early Fall afternoon on the trail in downtown Durham. (Photo from Nancy Pierce Photo.com)

Urban Section of ATT to be Studied by Group Chaired by NC Rail-Trails

On March 25th a group consisting of trail advocates, Durham City and County Police, pastors, planners and others concerned with trail safety met at North Carolina Central Univ. to kick off a several month study of the views and perceptions of trail crime on the ATT from the DBAP to NC 54. Researchers from both NCCU and NCSU will be leading teams of grad students in conducting interviews and collecting survey data via questionnaires. Funding for the study was provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. TRTC will be represented on the group. We'll post any early findings here on our site over the next few months. The study is scheduled to be completed by November 2014. For more on this initial meeting please see this article from WUNC radio: http://wunc.org/post/how-dangerous-american-tobacco-trail-really

Bridge Over I-40 Open at Last!!

I-40 Bridge at Durham, NC

Efforts on the safety fencing, lights and drainage were completed in mid February and the bridge was opened to the public on February 19th. Since then bridge usage has been significant and was even seen as crowded at times this past weekend. Since the contractor still has a few minor items to complete on the trail (largely south of Massey Chapel Road) in the next couple of weeks, maintenance by Durham will probably not begin until late in March. A short Youtube video by ATT user Jon Parker shows some bridge views a few days after the opening.

Break-ins at ATT Trailheads !!!

Since early November, a number of automobile break-ins have been reported at the trailheads at Fayetteville Road in Durham , at the White Oak Church Road in Wake County and at the shoulder parking along Scott-King Road. Police from Durham and from Cary have investigated the incidents reported to them and we understand that surveillance at all three areas has been increased in the last 30 days. ATT users parking at these areas need to be aware of these occurrences and to try avoid leaving valuables in their cars while out on the trail. If you are at one of the ATT access points and see unusual activity or what appears to be a break-in, please do your part and call 911 as soon as you can and take note of any cars or persons at the area that do not appear to be there for use of the trail. For continuing user reports and commentary on this issue, please visit the ATT Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/43492943009/

Update on I-40 Bridge Background and Status

Bruce Siceloff, who writes the Road Worrior column for the News & Observer, has put together a nice summary of the various problems and delays encountered in constructing the ATT's I-40 bicycle and pedestrian bridge http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/23/3482682/road-worrier-durhams-i-40... . The replacement components for the bridge are expected to be received soon. Durham still has not set a firm date for completion of the bridge beyond the late January date referred to by Marvin Williams in an early December letter to the Durham News.

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